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Why I took after Fela’s kind of afro-beat music- Alafrica

By ROTIMI AGBANA

Afro-beat music artiste, Alafrica, may not be a household name when it comes to afro-beat music but he is sure one Afro-beat musician to reckon with.

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In a chat with Potpourri, the talented singer who has quite a number of message-filled afro-beat tunes to his credit explained why his brand of afro-beat music sounds very much like that of the late Afro-beat maverick, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

“The reason is that Afro-beat is one, unlike any other music which can be manipulated. I was born into a music family but I just take sides with afro-beat because of its originality.”

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Talking about his brand of Afro-beat music, he was quick to describe it as pure and undiluted.

“My music is purely Afro-beat undiluted”, he said.

When Potpourri quizzed him to know if his decision to do Afro-beat genre of music has paid off so far, he was quick to lament that Afro-beat is not as lucrative as people perceive it to be.

“Afro-beat music is not selling like before because most people have forgotten the music but with the advent of Alafrica Afro-beat, I’m sure afro-beat is back fully. It is not lucrative; it’s just to tell people about the ills of the society”, he said.

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Speaking further, he commended Femi and Seun Kuti for living their father’s legacy.

“Femi and Seun Kuti  are living Fela’s legacy. Afro-beat is not a music that can be compared with any other music. Afro-beat is an institution that stands on its own so you can’t dilute Afro-beat music”, he said.

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